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Two Women Raped, Two Suspects Charged

Two Boone men have been charged with raping two women—one charged with strangulation—an an incident from late Friday night. The Boone Police release said that at approximately 10:00 PM, Boone Police responded to a report of two sexual assaults at a Queen Street residence. Full Story

 
Embezzlement, Forgery at Car Dealership

Wilkesboro Police are investigating the possible embezzlement of some $9000 from a local car dealership.  The crime occurred sometime between mid July and August 30th at Wilkes Nissan, where company officials told police that they discovered a monetary discrepancy in a car sale, Full Story

 
Stealin' Wheels in Lenoir--Cycles Targeted

The Lenoir Police Department thinks they have a serial cycle stealer on their hands, with one motorcycle and five mopeds taken in just over a week’s time.  The police release says that due to the close proximity both geographically and chronologically these incidents may be related. Full Story

 
Boone Voting: Back to 3 Precincts

Even with goals falling back in line—and one unanimous vote—the Watauga Board of Elections had trouble agreeing on most points at yesterday afternoon’s meeting—a day after being scolded by the State Board of Elections and admonished to ‘get along.’ The local board did vote to rescind Full Story

 
Drowning Victim Identified by Caldwell SO

The Caldwell Sheriff’s Office had identified the man who drowned Labor Day in the waters of Wilson’s Creek. Investigators say it was Elder Ortiz Velasquez, who would have been 23 today. Velasquez reportedly drowned in Wilson’s Creek near Brown Mountain Beach Full Story

 
Avery Trucker Involved in McDowell Fatality

A Spartanburg SC man was killed when a large rock came off the back of a truck driven by a Newland man, a truck owned by an Avery trucking firm. The 3:30pm accident occurred about 7 miles north of Marion in what the state patrol said was a straight level stretch of US 221. Full Story

 
Former Boone USPS Supervisor Sentenced

A former Boone US Postal Service employee has been sentenced to 16 months in Federal prison for fraud in seeking and receiving workman’s compensation for an alleged on the job injury. Tuesday,  September  3rd,   U.S.  District  Judge  Richard Voorhees  sentenced Full Story

 
Ministry Solicitors Charged on Warrants

A man being questioned by Boone Police in front of Boone Mall yesterday afternoon fled from the officers causing a foot chase that ended with his capture behind the Night Secrets store on Blowing Rock Road.  Police say that 33-year old John Daniel Neely was wanted Full Story

 
Todd Trio Charged in Drug, Moonshine Counts

Three Todd area resident have been arrested after a weekend bust that led to drugs—and an operating still. Last Thursday, narcotics detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office  executed a search warrant on a residence at 2114 Longhope Road in Todd, obtaining the warrant Full Story

 
Voting Decision Upheld; Local Board Scolded

In a 4-1 vote, the state board of  elections late yesterday brushed aside an attempt to overturn a Watauga County elections board decision to close an early-voting site on the Appalachian State University campus for the coming municipal election. But at the same time, the chair of the Watauga Board Full Story

 
Civil Paper Service Leads to Chemicals Count

On August 26th Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 year old Jesse Stamey of Elk Park.  Officers went to Stamey’s residence to serve a civil paper.  While at the residence Officers found evidence of a meth lab.  After a search warrant was issued Full Story

 
SUV Flips, Driver Hurt in Afternoon Crash

There were some terrifying moments for a Vilas man who drifted into the oncoming lane of NC 105 just south of Boone Tuesday afternoon—and terrifying moments for motorists who dodged his vehicle as it overturned and slammed into the south-bound guardrail. Full Story

 
Wilson's Creek Claims Another Life

The waters of Wilson’s Creek have claimed another life, as a Labor Day outing turned tragic late yesterday. The 21-year-old man reportedly drowned in Wilson’s Creek near Brown Mountain Beach Resort late yesterday afternoon, the 911 call coming in at 4:52 p.m., Full Story

 
Londry-Jackson Expects To Play Saturday

It's going to take more than just a nagging injury to keep Appalachian State University quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson on the shelf. The ASU senior announced late Sunday night that he expects to play in the Mountaineers' home opener Full Story

 
Watauga Election Issues Before State Board

The drama over the controversy of Boone Polling places takes a trek to Raleigh today, with the State Board of Elections agenda of three items all involving controversy over municipal voting. Dozens of college students will converge on the meeting to watch what occurs in the Montravias King issue, Full Story

 
"Hands Across the Border" Leads to Meth Labs

Friday evening, the Sheriff’s Office, the Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies from North Carolina joined with law enforcement agencies from Tennessee in a “Hands Across the Border” Project.  Officers from North Carolina and Tennessee held a check point Full Story

 
Avery Man Charged with Sex Offense

It was a week ago today that officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a report of a runaway juvenile female from Yancey County—an incident that has now led to sex offense charges. The probe led deputies to the residence of 20 year old John Porter Full Story

 
Election Board Decisions Reexamined This Week

There may be changes on voting issues for Boone this week, with the agenda of the Watauga County Board of Elections including the withdrawal of their earlier resolution combining three Boone precincts into one. The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting from board by Secretary Bill Aceto Full Story

 
After 61 Years, ER to Close at BR Hospital

September will be the last month that the Blowing Rock Hospital emergency room will operate as the facility transitions to its next iteration as the new Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock. Hospital officials said the ER will close on or about Oct. 1st. The Blowing Rock Hospital will now offer Full Story

 
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